Navigating virtual workouts so that they work for you can be a challenge. Tips to improve your home workout experience whether in a virtual Pilates class or other fitness options.
Pilates Mat classes focus on core strength but for some, the work is felt in the hip flexor muscles instead. Simple tips to improve muscle balance can help shift the work back to the abdominals.
Multiple studies have indicated negative effects from stretching regimes including a loss of strength and a greater chance of injury. Adjusting your stretching regime may help you gain mobility without a loss of power.
“See all. Ignore most. Correct the essential.”
This Eric Franklin quote highlights the challenge we face as teachers in deciding when to correct and when it’s more powerful and positive to pass. It’s not about the cue it’s about the result.
Core exercises are often prescribed for chronic low back pain. Core strength and core stability exercises are different. Know which exercises and cues work for you.
A personal success story. I continue my year long obsession with all things feet, from healthy mechanics and strengthening to looking at our footwear choices and the impact they have on our health. Here I’ll share with you a specific case study, an example of a...
I’m not shocked by beautiful high heel shoes or men’s slick narrow dress shoes and the compromises they make to our feet. We are all fully aware, while we’re squishing our foot into a narrow stiletto, that it’s not contributing to healthy body mechanics. It...
In support of a broader approach to rehab. The days of simple localized rehab are coming to an end. As Pilates teachers we see a lot of clients who are recovering from soft tissue injuries like tendonitis or bursitis. These clients have usually completed physiotherapy...
We adapt Pilates to the person, not the person to Pilates. With the Pilates Process™ approach our concern isn’t that the client performs Pilates well, though that will eventually happen over time. Our aim is that Pilates serves the client well helping them develop...
How you manage an episode of acute low back pain can determine whether your pain becomes chronic. Gone are the days of rest and ice as research clarifies that movement and mindset are critical to long term recovery.
The research is loud and clear.
Sitting is the new smoking.
You’ve heard this line before, and it’s not just another passing trend.
If we want to improve health on all levels or increase our chances of aging well and living longer,
we have to ….
When we feel stress rising, and start to sense pain, headaches or tension, connecting with our breath can be an effective tool. As something we do over 20,000 times per day, breathing is worth some consideration.
Cues and images are very personal. Pilates teachers can offer a cue to a group class and get 5 different responses as to how that cue is embodied. The direction to simply “Stand Up Tall” can illicit a variety of responses from improving posture and alignment, to worsening posture and tension levels and adding excess neck strain…
If you’ve ever sought help for hip or knee pain, patella femoral syndrome, or a chronically tight Ilio-Tibial (IT) Band, chances are you’ve been given the clamshell exercise…
Pelvic Floor Health: beyond the Kegel Tiffany Johns, B. Kin., is one of our Vancouver based Pilates Process ™ teacher trainers. A recent graduate of UBCs kinesiology program, Tiffany’s final project was the development of a paper presenting the most recent...
The Pilates Process™ method offers a refined approach to Pilates, adaptable for all ranges of fitness and injury. Our method incorporates current scientific research on biomechanics and core stability.
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